The Best Live Music Venues in Osaka

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Osaka is a city that does all things to excess, and that includes putting on over the top musical performances every night of the week. Visitors can easily find all kinds of live music in this massive and diverse city. From huge concert halls to hidden local bars, check out our list of the best live music venues in Osaka.

1. Zepp Namba

Concert Hall

Osaka’s largest standing-room music venue is right in the heart of Namba, the city’s popular downtown entertainment district. Zepp Namba is modern, stylish and state-of-the-art, with some of the best sound quality around. They host both big-name Japanese and international artists, so seeing a show here usually requires buying a ticket in advance. Check out the event schedule here.

2. Namba Hatch

Concert Hall

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Another massive and well-known local live house is Namba Hatch. The Hatch can hold over a thousand people and hosts shows that range from dance parties to beer festivals to large concerts. Located on the scenic Dotonbori Canal, on the edge of the hip Horie district, not only is Namba Hatch a great place to see live shows, but it’s also a popular place to relax by the water, have a cold one and watch local fashion and dance students practise their moves on the boardwalk outside.

3. Fandango

Concert Hall

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Fandango is famed for its crazy and upbeat atmosphere; if you like to let loose at shows, this is the venue for you. Covered in graffiti both inside and out and hosting some of the wildest punk, slash, rock and indie bands in town, Fandango is lit virtually every night of the week. Situated in northern Osaka’s Juso district, a somewhat ramshackle but historic neighbourhood known for classic Osaka cuisine and a cameo in the Ridley Scott film Black Rain, a trip to Fandango is sure to be an adventure.

4. Rug Time Osaka

Bar, Japanese

Looking for something a little more easygoing? At Rug Time, a well-known bar made for lovers of jazz and alcohol, notable musicians serenade the crowd nightly. Reminiscent of a speakeasy, with cosy couches and soft lighting, many kinds of lovingly-crafted signature cocktails are on the menu. Jazz shows usually cost between 2,000-3,000 yen (18-27 USD).

5. The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi

Pub, Bar, Restaurant, American, Irish

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The Blarney Stone is a lively Irish pub with locations in Shinsaibashi and Umeda, both exciting shopping and entertainment districts. The bands that play every weekend at Blarney Stone are typically local to Osaka and possess a rock and roll vibe, whether their music is original or an homage to the classics. From an all-Japanese group powerfully covering 80s hits in English to a crooning American on acoustic guitar, there is always something fun and unique to jam to.

6. Billboard Live Osaka

Concert Hall

Run by the renowned music news and awards company, Billboard Live hosts a diverse mix of international and Japanese musicians. Located in Nishi Umeda with direct access to the underground transit system, Billboard Live Osaka is as convenient as it is enjoyable. Its reservation service is extremely English-friendly, so it’s easy to purchase tickets in advance.

7. Umeda Club Quattro

Concert Hall

Club Quattro was founded in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in 1988 and now has four locations around Japan, including this spacious and dynamic club in Umeda. Committed to hosting musicians from all nations and genres, Umeda Club Quattro’s lineup is varied and wide-ranging. Less than 10 minutes on foot from Umeda Station, Quattro is the perfect stop after a day of sightseeing and shopping or before a night out in this bustling area.

8. Circus Osaka

Bar, Japanese

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Circus is a small but spirited nightclub where well-known DJs from around the world regularly spin electronic tunes in this intimate, electric space. Everyone from famed artists to local, upcoming DJs play here, all of them talented and well deserving of the attention. During shows, Circus is always packed, lively and welcoming, making it a great place to dance and drink an entire night away.

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